Are You Really Getting Enough Sleep?

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Can you remember the last time you had a great night’s sleep? If not, you don’t need me to tell you that you’re way overdue some rest and relaxation! You may get up an hour earlier here, or go to bed an hour later there. And while you might not think that by having 6 hours instead of  8 doesn’t really make a lot of difference now and again, with the amount of things that crop up during our busy weeks we could go a couple of weeks without 8 hours sleep, but this equates to going 48-hours without sleep! You wouldn’t not sleep for two days straight, would you? So let’s sort out your sleep right now, and if you’re reading this before bedtime on your phone, let’s address this right away.

Turn Off Your Phone!

Electronics are severely damaging our sleep patterns due to the amount of blue light that is being emitted from our devices. You may think that your favorite episode of Gilmore Girls on Netflix is the perfect thing to help you wind down after a hard day. But any electronic light, whether it’s from a tablet, television, or a smartphone will impact on your sleep by blocking your body’s ability to produce melatonin, the sleep hormone. The best approach is simply to remove every single electronic device from your room and install some blackout curtains. Any sort of light will affect our ability to sleep, and this is why people centuries ago would go to sleep when it got dark. We don’t have the time to do that anymore.

Make Your Bed Comfy

The fact of the matter is that if we aren’t comfy, then we aren’t going to get a good night’s sleep, hence the expression “I could sleep on a spike!” While we can’t all afford to purchase a new bed, the bed sheets are something that we can change, and the right sheets will repel certain allergens, like dust, and the right thickness will keep you at the optimum temperature. If you cannot afford new sheets, there are also little tricks to make your night’s sleep that little bit comfier. For example, if you sleep on your right side, you might be doing your body a disservice. Sleeping on your left has been backed by science because it helps to process waste from the brain via the lymphatic nerve system, it could be better for your digestion, relieve pressure from the spine, cut back on acid reflux, and could be good for your heart. But it’s always best to check with a medical professional if you’ve got specific health conditions that could prevent you from sleeping on your side.

De-stressing Before Bed

As we all know, stress is one of the biggest killers in the 21st century. And stress leads to anxiety which leads to a poor quality of sleep. Everyone has their own ways of cutting back on anxiety, and there is no one method that works, it’s vital that you find a way of making time for yourself. We all have a degree of OCD, and maybe making a comfortable home that’s clean and tidy is enough to reduce our anxieties somewhat. But if you’ve been living with a high degree of stress for some time, you might not even notice it, and so you’ll need a more comprehensive way to cut back on anxiety. While reducing your usage of social media helps for things like FOMO, there are still some popular methods of cutting back on stress and some unpopular ones. Exercise has been shown to be a great way to reduce the amount of cortisol (the stress hormone), and if you have exercised yourself to exhaustion, you will have no choice but to go to sleep. But this doesn’t work for everyone, and while meditative methods such as mindfulness have been shown to work for a lot of people, if you do operate in a high state of anxiety, turning that niggling voice in the back of your mind is quite hard. There are technological approaches, like the mediation machine, and the heart-rate variability monitor, which have been tailored to get people into a relaxed state but without the hippy-esque approaches, and this might suit your needs to get relaxed quickly. If you’re stressed you won’t sleep as well, it’s that simple!


Sleep is vital for us to function properly, and whether you’re a new parent or someone that burns the candle at both ends, it’s vital to make sure that your sleep quality is high. People talk about how they slept many hours but still feel groggy, but do those people have a poor diet, high stress and work 50-hours a week? Think about this before you go to sleep tonight.

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